Apr
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Taste of Randolph returns in 2015 with Dinosaur Jr, The Dandy Warhols, Best Coast, Lettuce, Emancipator Ensemble and many more!

Silver Wrapper & Star Events announce the 17th annual Taste of Randolph, taking place June 19-21, 2015 in Chicago, IL and featuring some of the top bands in indie rock today spanning three stages, all benefiting the West Loop Community Organization! This year’s artists include American alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr, Portland based psychedelic post punk band The Dandy Warhols, L.A. based surf pop rockers Best Coast, Boston born funk outfit Lettuce, etheric Portland producer’s live band Emancipator Ensemble, and many more, plus a DJ Dance Stage hosted by The Mid!

Dinosaur JrThe Dandy WarholsBest Coast
LettuceEmancipator EnsembleTennis
New MastersoundsThe RevivalistsThe Bright Light Social Hour
Elephant RevivalNovalimaLittle HurricaneFort Knox Five
Hey Rosetta!DreamersJakubiCon Brio
Daniel WadeStrung Like A HorseGrowler
JJ & DreSwamp HeatNasty Snacks
… and many more TO BE ANNOUNCED!

plus a DJ DANCE STAGE hosted by The Mid

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Taste of Randolph converges some of the Windy City’s Best in Food, Music and Festival Fun for one unforgettable weekend to benefit the West Loop Community Organization. Attracting massive crowds and always a favorite amongst Chicagoans, The Taste of Randolph is located in one of the city’s most famous restaurant rows-the Randolph Street Corridor.

Top-rated West Loop neighborhood restaurants come together with talented artisans and eclectic vendors for this three-day, cross-cultural celebration. Artisan and restaurant booths are intermixed along two the aligning rows that adorn six blocks of Randolph Street during the three-day festival. As festival-goers meander along the six-block stretch, they can also explore the various merchants selling goods. Among the many items offered by artisans are handcrafted jewelry pieces, clothing, artwork and a multitude of other fun accessories.

West Loop Community Organization and Star Events are pleased to reveal a few of the confirmed restaurants participating in this year’s Taste of Randolph. Some of this year’s notable restaurants, joining the prestigious lineup, will include: Belly Q, La Luce, Nicholas Quality Meats, Nonna’s and Tete Charcuterie. Taste of Randolph rookie restaurants, Nonna’s and Tete Charcuterie, already have Chicagoans buzzing, particularly Formento’s grab-and-go counterpart Nonna’s. If you’ve ever attended, you know just how amazing the food is and the full lineup of participating restaurants will be released in a few weeks. So far things are looking mighty tasty!

New elements of this year’s Taste of Randolph will consist of a Restaurant Oasis and ice cold Corona brews. The Restaurant Oasis will offer festival-goers the opportunity to sample one select food item during a two-hour time period. Based on first-come, first-served, those who are looking for a special treat can swing by the Restaurant Oasis. From noon to 2 p.m. and then, again, from 4 to 6 p.m. select restaurants will have a limited amount of their favorite delectable menu item up for grabs for eager taste testers.

Many talented artists have performed at the festival in the past including My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Drive By Truckers, Here We Go Magic, Califone, John Butler Trio, Divine Fits, The Joy Formidable, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, Greensky Bluegrass, Kaiser Chiefs, Delta Spirit, Minus the Bear, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Escort, Bear In Heaven and hundreds of others.

This festival, produced by Star Events, benefits the West Loop Community Organization, where residents, visitors, and businesses have an active voice in decisions affecting the neighborhood parks, development, schools, traffic, safety, and more. The organization is constantly working to ensure positive growth for the neighborhood, while offering social events and promoting beneficial developments to improve the quality of life in the West Loop.

For the third year in a row, Chicago-based independent jam, indie, and dance music promoters Silver Wrapper have curated all the stages, bringing some of the hottest up-and-coming names in the indie rock world, as well as plenty of established bands and Chicago favorites. Silver Wrapper co-produces North Coast Music Festival, Suwannee HulaweenChicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, and hundreds of events throughout the year around Chicago. The festival will also feature a dance stage, hosted by The Mid, which was recently voted as the #40 Nightclub in the World from DJ Mag.

Mar
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Hudson Mohawke returns with new album “Lantern”, tour stops in Chicago at 1st Ward / Chop Shop on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents Hudson Mohawke on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1st Ward / Chop Shop.

Hudson Mohawke (Ross Birchard) has been on a meteoric rise the last few years, working with some of the biggest names in hip hop, pop and dance music but everything started in a bedroom in Glasgow when he was barely a teenager. From age 15 he was an award winning scratch DJ producing happy hardcore on cracked software – he came to define a generation of electronic fusion producers but unlike many of his peers, Hudson has matured into a fully fledged contemporary hitmaker continually working to break the mold. Two weeks ago, Hudson Mohawke announced his new album, Lantern, with a creepy teaser, and now the Scottish producer has shared the first track from the album: the fittingly titled “Very First Breath.” The new track, which premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show earlier today, features vocals from French singer Irfane nestled amid booming, spacious bass and anxious synths. Listen to it here.

Doors at 9:00 PM. Show at 10:00 PM. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Mar
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UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue to play Concord Music Hall on Saturday, September 19, 2015

Silver Wrapper, React and Riot Fest present UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Concord Music Hall.

Iconic UK reggae/pop ensemble UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have confirmed their first extensive North American tour in eight years. The band’s principle songwriter and venerable vocalist Ali Campbell, will be joined by exceedingly talented percussionist/trumpeter/vocalist Astro and outstanding keyboardist Mickey Virtue, all of whom are founding members of the original UB40.

Known for their exuberant stage show, UB40 feat Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will tantalize fans by performing all the hits that catapulted them to the forefront of the ubiquitous musical landscape including “Red, Red Wine,” “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love,” “Kingston Town,” “One In Ten” and “Food For Thought.” Concertgoers will also be treated to new material from the band’s latest album release Silhouette. Recorded in London’s renowned RAK Studios, Silhouette is an inspired mix of freshly-minted new songs and sparkling, reggaefied cover versions of classics by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Chi-Lites and others.

Doors at 8:00 PM. Show at 9:00 PM. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Feb
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Little Dragon to headline Concord Music Hall on Friday, May 29, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents Little Dragon with special guests tba on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at Concord Music Hall.

Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fred Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand make up Little Dragon, the zeitgeist band that blend strands of R&B, electronic and indie into beautifully and meaningfully crafted songs. Over the course of three critically-lauded albums, Little Dragon have established themselves as a band keen to never rest on their laurels – constantly prodding and playing with the boundaries of their sound. After receiving a Grammy nomination for Dance/Electronic album of the year and launching their commercially and critically successful 2014 album Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon is back to announce a North American tour. To coincide with the announcement, the band is sharing a remix of their single “Pretty Girls” by Australian producer Chet Faker. The remix is part of a forthcoming Nabuma Rubberband remix EP and can be found here.

Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Jan
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GRiZ “Say It Loud World Tour” makes Chicago stop on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Silver Wrapper and React present GRiZ with special guests Exmag, Artifakts and more TBA on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom.

A true pioneer and master of musical expression, GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) stands head-and-shoulders above the competition in terms of the sheer variety of his ever-evolving technical prowess. A tremendously passionate and soulful producer, GriZ has a peerless knack for creating profoundly engaging melodies to offset the presence of his phenomenally designed bass. Where many artists become mired in a over-simplified and standardized method of production for the sake of creative efficiency; GriZ has no qualms sacrificing speed for the sake of quality, technical diversity, and an unrelenting devotion to progress and dynamism. Beginning his saga as a producer at the young age of fourteen, it is immediately evident that his talent and devotion will lead him on a journey of exceptional musical diversity and exploration. From funky rhythms to jazzy melodic embellishment, GriZ effortlessly incorporates his instrumental zeal for the saxophone with his lifelong dedication to soulful, laser-infused beat-making. This is only the beginning for Grant, and already the stylistic range of his material is both inspirational and utterly awe-inspiring.

Doors at 8:00 pm. Show at 9:00 PM. Ages 18+.

Tickets will be available on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM CST on at Silver Wrapper Ticketing!

Jan
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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns for one night on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Concord Music Hall

Silver Wrapper presents Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Concord Music Hall.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is Scott Metzger, Tommy Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Not only does this quintet play tight and vicious versions of some of the most complex songs in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, but they play them with a rawness & energy absent from the stage since the “Live” Dead era. More importantly, all of the jams are wild and incredibly adventurous. Russo’s a beast behind the kit who’s in the peak of his career. Metzger is a criminally underrated guitarist who has a chameleon-like ability to alter his sound to compliment any situation. Dreiwitz’s intensity is unmatched by anyone, while Benevento spouts these crazy tones and layers of sound that mix the best of what each keyboardist in GD history brought to the band. Finally, add Hamilton, whose voice and biting leads help push this ensemble over the top.

Doors at 8:00 PM. Show at 9:30 PM. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Jan
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Re:Vision featuring Alex Grey & Allyson Grey with Papadosio hits Concord Music Hall on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents Alex Grey & Allyson Grey with Papadosio and special guests Thirftworks, Desert Dwellers and Psydell featuring visuals by Jonathan Singer and Live Painting by Sam Floreson Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at Concord Music Hall.

RE:VISION mixes artists and visionaries Alex and Allyson Grey and takes you through a visual and musical journey that brings you closer toward your own divine nature. Grey is known for specializing in spiritual and psychedelic art and will be accompanied with custom video projections and live visuals from Jonathan Singer and Sam Flores.

Papadosio melds progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica and dance music with jam. The quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sowing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exaltation.

Also set to perform Thriftworks, Desert Dwellers and Psydell.

Doors at 8:00 pm. Show at 9:00 pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Nov
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Zappa Plays Zappa brings “One Size Fits All” 40th anniversary celebration to Chicago on April 21, 2015 at Concord Music Hall

Silver Wrapper presents Zappa Plays Zappa on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Concord Music Hall.

Zappa Plays Zappa has faithfully presented the music of Frank Zappa with well over 800 performances across the world since its inception in 2006. The band is led by Dweezil Zappa, the eldest son of late American composer and musician Frank Zappa, devoted to performing the music of Frank Zappa. Zappa Plays Zappa will be celebrating the 40th Year Anniversary of “One Size Fits All”, which will be performed in it’s entirety as part of the shows expansive, two-and-a-half hour repertoire.

Dweezil Zappa’s music camp Dweezilla has a motto “Learn And Destroy”. It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine music creativity. At camp students are in total immersion for 4 days of music instruction. Prior to the Zappa Plays Zappa concert, Dweezil will be previewing some of the guitar concepts he teaches at camp in a special Guitar Master Class from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tickets to the Guitar Master Class are separate from the concert.

In addition to the General Admission ticket, fans can purchase a VIP Soundcheck ticket option that allows early entry at 6:30 pm and access to view Zappa Plays Zappa soundcheck.

Doors @ 8:00 pm. Show @ 9:00 pm. Ages 17+.

Tickets go on-sale at at Silver Wrapper Ticketing on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM noon CST!

Feb
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Goldfish brings “Organic House” Tour to 1st Ward / Chop Shop on Saturday, March 21, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents Goldfish (Live) with special guests Auto Body on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1st Ward / Chop Shop.

At the core of Goldfish has always been the collision of real, live “organic” instruments with electronic beats, creating an uplifting blend of dance music. Over the past few years a ground swell of like minded artists has begun to develop the same organic musical aesthetics. It seems like almost overnight this sound that we love so much has exploded online and onto the collective airwaves worldwide. Some people refer to it as “Deep House” – and although it does owe a fair amount of inspiration to this genre, it definitely has its own set of unique characteristics, so we found the need to differentiate it with its own genre: “Organic House” was born. Listen to Goldfish “Organic House” album here. This compilation features some of the biggest tracks currently rocking dance floors, as well as a selection of future classics. It’s more than just a compilation of the freshest sounds but a state of the nation: Organic house.

Conceived in and birthed from Austin’s steamy underground houses of Rock, Auto Body is live Electro Fusion. Fueled by their shared bloodlust for sonic divinity, and armed with a war chest of synthesizers, samplers, rattlesnakes, and a bass guitar, Tibaut Bowman (DJ Thibault) and Felix Moreno (Future Rock), crusade the universe in search of the electronic Holy Grail.

Doors at 9:00 pm. Show at 10:00 pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Feb
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Turbo Suit to headline Lincoln Hall on Friday, February 13, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents HEADLINER with special guests Muzzy Bearr and Inverse Universe on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at Lincoln Hall.

Turbo Suit is a vibrant voice in live electronic music. While under the name Cosby Sweater, the band has been making crowds dance since their launch in 2012. They have shared the stage with Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Deltron 3030 and EOTO, and performed at a plethora of top national festivals. On multiple occasions the band has been joined by Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee on keyboards. Turbo Suit consistently drops new original music with songs that are infectiously danceable, making it impossible not to groove along with the winding, sensual saxophone melodies and ultra-accessible beats.

Muzzy Bearr and Inverse Universealso set to perform.

Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Feb
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Manic Focus debuts Live Band at House of Blues in Chicago on Saturday, March 21, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents Manic Focus (Live Band) with special guest Lindsey Lowend and Marvel Years on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at House of Blues Chicago.

Manic Focus brings his beats to life in March at the House of Blues with the debut of Manic Focus LIVE, a project in the making ever since his first track dropped on Soundcloud. The HOB show marks the one year anniversary of Manic Focus’ first headlining performance in Chicago, and comes after his last sold-out Super Jam at Concord Music Hall–an official North Coast Music Festival after party with the Floozies–which featured surprise appearances from GRiZ and members of Conspirator and Lettuce hopping on his set.

Lindsay Lowendalso set to perform.

Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 9:00 pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Feb
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pRe:Vision featuring Random Rab and SaQi lands at Bottom Lounge Upstairs on Friday, April 10, 2015

Silver Wrapper, In The Loop and Euphonic Conceptions presents PRE:VISION featuring Random Rab with special guests saQi on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at Bottom Lounge Upstairs.

Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful and unique contribution to sonic exploration. Often referred to as“The Master of Emotion” his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip-hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre.

saQi also set to perform.

Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Feb
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The Geek x VRV and Late Night Radio team on April 9, 2015 at 1st Ward / Chop Shop

Silver Wrapper presents The Geek x Vrv with Late Night Radio and special guests Krooked Drivers on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 1st Ward – Chop Shop.

Eclectic artists of the French scene, The Geek x Vrv exude a subtle, dynamic and punchy sound – drawing inspiration from legendary funk, jazz and soul genres of yesteryear. The Geek x Vrv have enjoyed immense growth in recent months with the near nonstop release of an impressive collection of EPs and albums, in addition to bookings at many festivals and as support for many international artists such as Gramatik, Zeds Dead, Savant, Dillon Francis, and many more. The Geek x Vrv are making their way to the forefront of the ever-growing Electro Hip-Hop movement, alongside such artists as Gramatik, Kill Paris, Minnesota and Tha Trickaz.

Late Night Radio’s background in hip-hop is crucial to his development as a producer. Unlike some of his contemporaries who came up in the dance music scene, Late Night Radio keeps his cuts funky and inventive with an unshakable commitment to soulful grooves. Even when LNR breaks into high-energy, cabinet-rattling climaxes, the emotional depth remains. His wildly popular Vinyl Restoration series of old-school mixes has rooted his sound in deep, expressive sampling that keeps him firmly grounded in the lessons of the past, while reaching forward to craft his own signature sound.

Krooked Drivers also set to perform.

Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

Feb
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Redinho to play Schubas on Friday, March 13, 2015

Silver Wrapper presents Redinho with special guests tba on Friday, March 13th, 2015 at Schubas Tavern.

Redinho’s always been different. On his first album, Numbers Redinho finds the perfect solution to being out of step – creating his own world to fit into. Across 15 tracks, including acclaimed past singles ‘Searching’ and ‘Stay Together’, Redinho conjures up visions of the deep sea, deep space, not­so­deep jacuzzi parties and everything between, binding them together into an aesthetic that’s both stylish and starry­eyed. With a masterful modern sheen and links to contemporary pop and hip­hop, it’s hard to imagine it being released any time but now.

Doors at 9:30pm. Show at 10pm. Ages 18+.

Tickets are available at Silver Wrapper Ticketing now!

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